From Wall Street Journal editor and best-selling author Ben Fritz, The Big Picture chronicles the dramatic shake-up of Hollywood this century that has made super-heroes, sequels and toy franchises inescapable and original movies for adults an endangered species. Drawing on the fruits of the Sony hack and interviews with key players at Marvel, Netflix, Disney, Amazon and more, the L.A. Times best-seller takes readers deep inside Hollywood to show how it has radically changed and what the future of film will be.
Named best non-fiction book of 2018 at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards
Now available in paperback with a new afterword
“Ben Fritz crafts an electrifying and essential book that chronicles how Hollywood tradition is collapsing and new models are fueling the future. A must-read.”
—Ava DuVernay, director of A Wrinkle in Time and Selma
“The best book on Hollywood I’ve read in a long time. Fritz explains how and why the invasion of the big buck comic book franchises crushed the Hollywood we once knew.”
—Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
“An informative, entertaining, often maddening look at how the film industry ended up where it is today."
Ben Fritz is an editor for the Wall Street Journal. He previously covered Hollywood for the Journal, the Los Angeles Times and Variety and is coauthor of the best-selling book All the President's Spin. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he lives in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter, read his Wall Street Journal work, or email him: benfritz-at-gmail-dot-com.